Breaking bad news: delivery

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"Mrs Doherty, your left sided pneumonia has been unresponsive to intravenous antibiotic therapy, resulting in persistent shortness of breath, productive cough, fever and further chest pain. In addition, your renal impairment, which was recently exacerbated by sepsis, is progressing and it is proving difficult to manage this on account of your heart disease. Iím afraid that we wonít resolve this"


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